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What is a disability for SSDI?

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If you are trying to qualify for Social Security Disability in Rhode Island, you may have heard a lot about how hard it is to get. While it does take time and involves a lot of paperwork, getting SSDI is not really that difficult as long as you have a qualifying disability. This is very important to understand because you will be denied if you cannot prove you have a qualifying disability. 

According to the Social Security Administration, to qualify for SSDI, you must have a total disability, meaning you cannot work, cannot use modification to work and your disability will last for at least one year. If you have a short-term or partial disability, then you do not have a qualifying disability. This is a different definition than is used by other agencies for other programs.

SSDI is meant to help provide long-term income. For this reason, if your injury will not last at least one year, you are expected to seek alternative sources for funds, such as workers' compensation. The expectation is that you can find these other sources of income that are available. 

In addition, it is expected that you cannot work at all because of the disability. So, if you could work in a different job than you did before becoming disabled, then you cannot be approved for SSDI. 

As long as you meet the requirements and provide the correct documentation as requested, you should have no issues with qualifying for SDDI. This information is for education and is not legal advice. 

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